Callum has winning formula

Callum (second left) and family with Esther McVey.
Callum (second left) and family with Esther McVey.

LOCAL primary school pupil Callum Brown’s vision of the future has won him second prize in a national competition.

Earlier this month he received £500 for his school, St Margaret’s, as well as £150 for himself after being placed in the first annual Chemical Industries Association science competition.

He travelled to the House of Commons to receive his prizes from MP Esther McVey, chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Chemical Industries, who launched the competition earlier this year.

Entrants were asked to imagine what life would be like in 2050 and draw pictures that would illustrate that, or think up things they wish existed, from robots that cook or clean the local parks, to magic plasters that help you heal quicker if you fall over.

Callum caught the judges’ collective eye with a number of ideas including underwater magnetic trains and solar-powered wings for people.

Miss McVey said: “The competition was open to different age groups and to all schools across the UK to submit entries as part of the United Nations Year of Chemistry.

“This is a tremendous initiative and one that I am proud to be associated with and I would urge as many schools as possible to take part in next year’s national competition. What started as a one-off competition to celebrate the UN’s year of Chemistry attracted so much interest that it will now run annually.”

The interest attracted by the competition was also praised by Chemical Industries Association CEO Steve Elliott.

He said: “The day was a great success. It was pleasing to see the winners, parents and teachers showing support and recognition towards the chemical industry”.